The Discrimination Of The Creature

In Chapter 11 the narrator switches to the Creature’s point of view and this perspective made me realize how cruel and judgemental mankind is. The appearance of the Creature’s terrifying figure lead to the cruel abandonment by his creator Victor.  As I was reading chapters 8-16, I kept thinking about the theme of discrimination; an ‘intolerant treatment of dissimilar categories of people or things.’ In Frankenstein, the discrimination was of course towards the Creature, based on his looks. Discrimination was brought into the story when his creator was horrified of his looks and he left the Creature alone, wanting nothing to do with him. In chapter 10, Victor and the Creature meet in the mountains as Victor was roaming through a valley.  They had a conversation. The way Victor spoke with the Creature, clearly showed his disgust and hatred towards the Creature’s existence. Even though the Creature showed innocence with evil and begs for compassion, Victor refuses to give the Creature any chance of having a relationship with him and again refers to his horrifying looks.

“Cursed be the day, abhorred devil, in which you first saw light! Cursed be the hands that formed you! You’ve made me wretched beyond expression. You have left me no power to consider whether I am just to you or not. Begone! Relieve me from the sight of your detested form.”  (Shelly 106).

This quote was spoken by Victor and he said it to the Creature. This showed that he wanted nothing to do with the creature because of the way he looked. This was a clear example of discrimination and how cruel one can be to another, just because of physical appearance.

Discrimination also was defined when the Creature was narrating. He once again faced rejection by the rest of society. Hearing from the Creature’s perspective made me feel empathetic towards him, as it was clear that the Creature was capable of advanced thought and reasoning, that inside he really wasn’t different than any other human.  This can be heard by his expression of such human desires as a need for family, friendship, and acceptance. Nonetheless, his terrifying appearance prevented him from ever getting these basic desires.

“I entered, but I had hardly placed my foot within the door before a child shrieked and one of the woman fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled and some attacked me.” (Shelly 112).

This quote was spoken by the Creature as he was describing the reaction of the villagers when he entered one of their buildings. This showed that the people within the village reacted immediately to his outer looks, viewing him to be nothing but a monster to be feared or fought off.  Another bold example of discrimination, as minds were made up, without giving him a chance to show who he really was, beyond his scary appearance.

These acts of discrimination explored in Frankenstein are present today all around us. In particular,  the discrimination against women in certain cultures across the world. In other situations, we often even fail to recognize it, such as the small discrimination that goes on every day, like racist comments towards individuals with different beliefs or races. Even just looking or acting differently, can cause others to reject them and show discrimination towards them. Reading Frankenstein has helped me understand how easy it can be for people to be cruel and judgmental towards a person that stands out different compared to others, and that we need to act on it, to help stop it! The Creature was clearly a victim of discrimination by mankind. How does he feel about it? How will he react to it?

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

Victor’s Complex Traits

I previously started the novel Frankenstein and for the next few blogs will be expressing my opinion on the book. I am currently on chapter 9.  So far in the book, I have gotten to know one of the main characters, Victor Frankenstein. Victor’s character, as described in the first 8 chapters, is complicated to me.  It begins by sharing how he was an affectionate and loving son and brother towards his family members, but then his obsession of science exposes a completely inhuman side that contradicts his original description.

“She stood to me- more than a sister, since till death she was to be mine only.” (Shelly 34).

This quote was spoken by Victor and he said it to himself. He was talking about his newly adopted sister Elizabeth. Victor’s reaction towards his newest family member was expressed in this quote, revealing his deep love and affection for her. It goes on to tell about the closeness of their relationship, as they were close in age and were inseparable play mates. This portrayed Victor as a caring, loving brother towards his immediate family.

Victor’s character has also shown that he has an obsession with science, which reveals a very inhumane side.  Although he does not admit to the obsession, his actions and inner thoughts have proved that he is highly interested in science and has a desire to learn about everything.

“From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of term, became nearly my  sole occupation.” (Shelly 50)

This was the spark of desire that  lead him to pull away from society and start his idea of creating a human being. After two years of hard work on this project, he achieves his obsession and successfully creates the being!  As it came to life though,  Victor’s reactions were outstandingly different from that of a loving and affectionate brother. Instead Victor becomes heartless and inhuman by rejecting this new creation that he no longer believes is a human being.

“the miserable monster whom I created” (Shelly 59).

This quote defined what Victor called his creation. He based his feelings about the “monster” off it’s looks. Victor felt so disgusted by his creation he abandoned it and left the room fast.  This reaction showed that Victor felt his creation was a failure, and looked at it not as a human being who needed love and guidance, but a scary monster that he didn’t want any part of.

At this point in the novel, I am starting to think that Victor isn’t a kind loving guy as he exposed a cold, cruel side towards this science project that clearly is a living, breathing human being.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.